Tasty Tuesday Spotlight – Asparagus

Ok, we know these little guys get a bad wrap.  Yes, asparagus does make your pee smell, which is a by-product of when your body breaks down a sulphur compound found in asparagus known as mercaptan.  Seriously though, there are worse things right?  Asparagus is high in potassium which works with sodium to keep blood pressure healthy and is vital to nerve and muscle function.  It is high in asparaptine which also helps to improves blood flow.  Along with brussels sprouts and kale, asparagus is high in glutathione, the mother of all antioxidants and the key tool the body uses to detoxify itself.  Asparagus is high in chromium which helps regulate blood sugar and can therefor help to manage hunger.  Extremely popular within the body building world, asparagus is a natural diuretic and can help pull excess fluids from the body.

Not sure how to handle these spear like greens – here are some tips below:

  • Asparagus is best eaten when fresh!  When you bring it home, treat it like a bunch of flowers.  Trim the stems and place them in water (keep the bottoms submerged) and refrigerate until you are going to cook them.
  • Raw asparagus is delicious chopped up into salads.  It adds a nice crunch.
  • Lay the asparagus on a sheet pan and coat lightly with avocado or coconut oil, salt, pepper and granulated garlic and lemon and roast in the oven or on the grill.
  • Use asparagus in your stir fry or sauté it up with some carrots, pea pods and onions.
  • Add raw asparagus spears to your next veggie tray along with some tasty dipping sauce

 

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